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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Dec 31, 2008 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1977 Revisited - again

Thanks for highlighting 5/26, Max, which I had somehow overlooked.

I did much the same thing for the Europe 72 tour, for Sept 72 (8/22 - 9/28 was an amazing streak of fine performances), and the fall of 73 (though I skipped a few there). I am a SDB snob so tend to overlook the AUDs.

But taking a systematic approach like this really makes you appreciate what they could do during a single stretch of time. I usually complement it by reading along in McNally, Deadbase, the Compendium, Phil's memoir, and other books, too, and hunting up recollections in the LMA reviews and at setlists.net. I try to remember where I was living and what I was doing at the time, too, though that can be a challenge. :-)



I'd be interested in hearing other suggestions of time periods that should be heard this systematically.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1977 Revisited - again

Max...

Excellent points for highlighting 5/26 as one of the most overlooked and underrated of May '77. Ditto 5/28. I would add 5/18 in there (terrific EYES in that show) and I like 5/17 better than you seemed to (the JACK A ROE from that show was chosen for the "Phil Zone" release a while back).

Also agree that for overrated 5/7 is the one. I just think that show gets too much attention, perhaps b/c it's considered part of the 5/8 and 5/9 run, both of which are superior shows IMO, with 5/9 being the best of the lot (a top 3 H>S>F in that show).

The Palladium shows are also underrated, especially 5/4, my favorite. Amazingly fluid show with a killer S>Fire (including a quick "China Cat" lick in Scarlet by Weir).

The DP releases I think speak for themselves...they're both amazing. The 5/19 show features I think the best-ever RAMBLE and 5/22 the best-ever LL>SUPPLICATION.

What it all comes down to for me is 5/13. It's NOT that this show is necessarily THE BEST but I do think it is the most overlooked and underrated of the month. Possibly the cleanest, most impressive S>FIRE ever played, despite the brief transition. The intro to FIRE alone is jaw-dropping w/incredibly confident wah-wah by Jerry. The Scarlet is drop-dead perfection. Other highlights include a rocking SAMSON, BEW, and a typically awesome 2nd set with, as has been mentioned, a stellar OTHER ONE.

Bottom line: throw a dart at any show in May of '77 and you just can't miss. Still IMO the single greatest month in the band's history, hands down.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 31, 2008 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1977 Revisited - again

5/19/77. My first show. How lucky was I to jump on the bus at that particular time in history?

Fortunate son.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 31, 2008 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1977 Revisited - again

as Napolean Dynamite would exclaim: "Lucky!"

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